NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A rumor about violence prompted many parents to keep their children home from Ashley High School Friday.
Ashley's principal said a couple of students started a rumor Monday saying there would be violence in the school at 2:00 Friday afternoon.
After an investigation, school officials have determined who started the rumors and their parents have been notified. Those students were not in school Friday.
As a precaution extra deputies and a drug dog were on campus, patrolling the halls.
"We want the parents to know it's safe," said principal James McAdams. "We brought extra people because we take rumors seriously. It's fabricated and nothing is different. We are running a normal day."
Friday's attendance at Ashley High School was low, but it was no lower than a day before a holiday.
"I know my son isn't the only one not in school today because of this," said a father who didn't want to be identified. "I think it's a shame. I don't know who is responsible to take care of this situation. I'm sure it's not easy to find these kids. They tend to stick together, but something has got to be done."
There is no word on whether the students involved with the rumor will face any punishment.